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Education insights: Using sports to improve children’s maths, LGBT relationship education in schools and pupils leading the climate strike

With the return to school and university having been in motion for the past month, we can begin to look into the horizon of the academic year ahead and assess the potential obstacles. Here is a roundup of this week’s news in education so you can stay informed.

Tuition website has London maths teacher shortlisted for $1m

Dr Jamie Frost, the Mathematics lead at Tiffin School in Kingston-Upon-Thames, is one-of-ten shortlisted for a prize of $1 (£780,000) following his tuition website becoming popular globally during lockdown. He has helped millions of students in the UK and across the world better facilitate their maths studies at home. With school children having felt disconnected over lockdown while remote learning, it’s wonderful to see Frost cultivate an encouraging, global community revitalised to learn maths on such an innovative platform.

Ofsted inspections: Potential failure for schools that don't teach about LGBT relationships

Failure to teach pupils about LGBT relationships could result in schools receiving poor marks from Ofsted inspection judgements from this summer term. Ofsted have published literature detailing how it will inspect schools following the transition towards making relationships education compulsory this academic year. It comments that, ‘inspectors will assess “schools’’ readiness to comply with the DfE’s statutory guidance, and comment on this in the inspection report’. Hopscotch fully supports the inclusive transition to include LGBT in relationship education.

Shopping trips and football statistics used by parents to improve children's maths

A study of parents and children, aged 6-14, has found that everyday experiences of counting money or counting certain coloured vehicles on the road, in addition to discussing sport, were among the most popular methods to engage children with numbers. Over three quarters of parents commented that these scenarios are beneficial to motivating their children to engage in reading, maths, spelling and geography. More than half of children enjoy discussing statistics, in the context of sports, with their parents. We think real-life context applied to children’s learning, especially in STEM, is a fantastic way to engage young minds.

Return to university: how campus spaces, blended learning and accommodation will look

Government guidance informs that hosting large parties in halls of residence is on the horizon to be banned for university students this year. In addition, the guidance comments that students should only physically attend lectures for priority courses if coronavirus peaks on campus. If a peak in cases does occur on campus, we think a blended learning approach to lectures would be a great idea thanks to the benefits of enhanced engagement, flexibility and efficiency that can be enjoyed by both students and educators.

Children urged to strike against lack of action on climate emergency

Both school children and their supporters are encouraged to take to the streets today, or to go online, to demonstrate their discontent with the lack of action surrounding the climate emergency. The plight of the most vulnerable will be the focus of the protests in addition to the lack of political commitment to the climate emergency. We think that the prospect of engaging children in contemporary problems and developing their opinions on complex subject matter is a great way to empower them to feel able to tackle these issues as young adults.

About the author

Craig Ritchie

Craig has a passion for empowering young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and delivering campaigns with a social impact. He has a background in client-servicing and holds specialist knowledge of the STEM and Careers pathways. At Hopscotch, Craig works across Health Education England, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and DP World.

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